Such a Fun Age
Books | Fiction / Literary
A Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post • Chicago Tribune • NPR • Vogue • Elle • Real Simple • InStyle • Good Housekeeping • Parade • Slate • Vox • Kirkus Reviews • Library Journal • BookPage Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize An Instant New York Times BestsellerA Reese's Book Club Pick "The most provocative page-turner of the year." --Entertainment Weekly "I urge you to read Such a Fun Age." --NPR A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other. With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone "family," and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.
Coming Of Age
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"Such a well-done and nuanced story of human relationships. Told from the perspectives of a wealthy suburban mother and a young woman who cares for her children, this story reveals how “good” deeds motivated by self-interest don’t always work out. Side note: I loved the relationship of the babysitter and the 3-year old. "
"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hooked from chapter one. I loved the contrast between Alix and Emira. I enjoyed the small tie-ins of relevant, current social issues (ie; current politicians, mentions of current popular music). It made this feel more contemporary and relatable. Kinda gives Little Fires Everywhere vibes. I was happy with the way the book wrapped up. Highly recommend. "
"Really enjoyed this one!! I was rooting for the protagonist and frustrated with many of the other characters. I laughed out loud and at many parts especially the best friend. Great take on coming of age, race, and privilege. Definitely recommend."